Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with over fifty years experience researching non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Grof is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a pioneering researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of analysing, healing, and obtaining growth and insight into the human psyche. Being the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (founded in 1977), he went on to become distinguished adjunct faculty member of the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a position he remains in today.

He has published extensively in professional journals and has written many books including  LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious, Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology), When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Reality, Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy, The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). Click here for the full list of his books.

At the 25th Anniversary Convocation of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), held in August 1993 at Asilomar, California, Stanislav Grof received an Honorary Award for major contributions to and development of the field of Transpersonal Psychology. Grof received the VISION 97 award granted by the Foundation of Dagmar and Václav Havel in Prague on October 5, 2007.

Stan speaks with Joanna about his relationship with Nature, the unified worldview emerging from the study of holotropic states of consciousness, working with the archetypes, entheogens and holotropic breathwork as powerful means of transformation, personal experiences versus belief systems, the perils and evolutionary potential of humankind…

Music: Galileo, (from En Concert) by Claire Pelletier